Clostridium Difficile

Stomach Bugs

Clostridium Difficile

What is Clostridium Difficile?

Also known as C.difficile or C.diff., this spore-forming bacteria is found in the gut of 3% of healthy adults. Occasionally it gets the chance to reproduce rapidly, generally when an elderly person is being treated with antibiotics, and causes potentially serious diarrhoea. So those most at risk are people over 65, particularly those taking antibiotics to supplement the good bacteria in their gut. While babies can carry the bacteria, it rarely causes them problems.

It spreads by:

  • Touch. Spores are shed through diarrhoea, then survive for a long time, travelling on the hands of people in direct contact with patients or contaminated surfaces.

The symptoms are:

  • Diarrhoea of varying severity, fever, nausea and abdominal pain.

How to avoid Clostridium Difficile:

  • Because the bacteria forms heat-resistant spores, cleaning with a basic cleaner and hot water alone is not enough to tackle it. So make sure you keep surfaces hygienically clean with Domestos Bleach Spray.

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.

  • Disinfect your toilet on a regular basis with the Domestos Toilet Cleaning System. If someone has diarrhoea, hygienically clean the toilet every time they use it.

How to avoid bleach stains

If you’re using bleach on wallpaper, test it on an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn't stain. If you’re using it near flooring, put a cloth or towel down to stop any spray from running.

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